The Fw 190D-9 – the 'long-nosed' Dora – represented the cutting edge and pinnacle of wartime Germany's piston-engine aviation development. This new history by leading German aviation specialist Robert Forsyth reveals what it was like to pilot her in combat as Germany desperately battled to remain in the war.

Arguably one of the finest piston-engined fighters ever built, the Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 raised the bar in terms of aircraft design and operational capability during World War II. Designed by Kurt Tank, the 'long-nosed' Fw 190D9 'Dora' bettered most of the fighters that the Allied and Soviet air forces could field when it first appeared in the skies over the Western and Eastern Fronts in 1944. Indeed, with experienced German pilots at the controls it proved to be an immediate match for even the later-mark Griffon Spitfire and the P-51D/K. Well-armed, with two 13mm machine guns and two 20mm cannon, the D-9 began to equip Luftwaffe units from August 1944. Later on in the war, one of the key missions of the D-9 was to provide top cover for Me 262 jet fighters when they were at their most vulnerable during take-off and landing.

Featuring first-hand accounts, photographs, artwork and innovative and colourful 3D ribbon diagrams, this fascinating volume portrays what it was like to fly the superlative Fw 190D-9 in combat, providing a realistic insight in to how German pilots used the superb Focke-Wulf aircraft in combat against American, British and Russian fighters in the Defence of the Reich in 1944–45.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1
In Battle
An all-action account of III./JG 54 engaging Typhoons or Tempests over western Germany in April 1945

Chapter 2
Setting the Scene
Design, development, production, early actions, the Ardennes and Operation Bodenplatte

Chapter 3
Path to Combat
Charting the careers of two Luftwaffe pilots who flew the D-9 in combat – one, a Knight's Cross-holder and ace, the other, a lesser known 'Dora 9' pilot

Chapter 4
Weapon of war
A brief technical appraisal of the Fw 190D-9, detailing its development and the weaponry it employed

Chapter 5
Art of War
Tactics for Fw 190D-9 units were quite 'loose', as was tactical doctrine by this stage of the war – the key word was 'survival'. This chapter will look at the 'Split S' manoeuvre and the evolution of the Rotte and Schwarm tactical formations

Chapter 6
In this chapter, Fw 190D-9 pilots explain what it was like fly the 'Dora 9' in an aerial engagement against some of the best Allied fighters of World War II such as the Spitfire XIV, P-51D Mustang and Tempest V

Selected Sources

Product details

Published Feb 17 2022
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472849328
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Full colour throughout
Series Dogfight
Short code DOG
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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